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Magic vs Heat Betting Preview

NBA bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Tuesday when the Magic battle the Heat in a Battle of Florida at Amway Center.

Orlando continues to be the worst free throw shooting team in the NBA and also its best 3-point shooting team. The result is often close games where they should cover the spread, but fail by a few points.

They opened as underdogs here against the red-hot Heat as LeBron and D-Wade pay a visit.

The Magic bring a 27-15 record (23-19 ATS) to the battle against the 31-9 Heat, who are 20-20 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Orlando go 21-20-1 so far and the Heat go 17-21-2.

View Miami vs Orlando Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Orlando opened as 4-point underdogs at Bovada, while the NBA total was set at 189.5 at BetOnline for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 8-rated Magic and the No. 4-rated Heat in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 104-98 win for the Heat on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Orlando's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 94.2 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 11 at 93.7 PPG. The Magic field goal percentage has averaged 43.8% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 48.5% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 14-rated mark, allowing 96.5 points per game when on the road. Orlando, on the other hand, rates No. 15 in home scoring.

The Heat were a 93-91 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Miami got 28 points from Dwyane Wade en route to a 93-91 victory over Indiana on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Magic were a 107-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (201) made winners of OVER bettors. Indiana was victimized by Dwight Howard for 30 points as the Magic defeated the Pacers 107-94 in NBA action on Sunday.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a win are 9-1

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 3-7
After a win are 6-4


A few Heat at Magic trends to consider:
Miami is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
Miami is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Orlando's last 6 games at home
Orlando is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Miami
Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Miami at Chicago, Wednesday, March 14
Orlando at San Antonio, Wednesday, March 14